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Dec 10, 2008 11:55 PM

Dining alone in Paris Dec 22 and 23

I am going to be alone in Paris for two days (3 real meals) and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for places that are busy and lively, but also good. I am not looking for ethnic food on this trip; just French. It is important that it not be a sleepy empty place, and for these days money is not much of an issue. Even if there are suggestions for eating at a bar that would be fine. I am just, and I don't mean for this to sound depressing, looking for something a bit scene-y and energetic....but delicious too..... two dinners and one lunch.....Many thanks

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  1. Mentioned many times on this board for good reason. The definitive high-end fine dining choice when dining alone in Paris... "built" for single diners... go and enjoy!

    L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

    1. I was in Paris alone a couple of weeks ago and I found that wherever I went I felt perfectly comfortable. One place that really stood out was Ribouldingue, in the 5th - most of the dishes were definitely not for the faint-hearted (offal, offal, and more offal!) but everything I ate was spectacular and the service was exquisite. The night I was there, I saw two other tables with solo diners, so I was in good company. They would be open the 23rd only.
      The other place that I just loved was La Fontaine du Mars in the 7th, which I believe is open daily. The entire staff was beyond friendly, to the point that I would even call it doting, and the cassoulet was out of this world.

      1. Think about La Coupole in the 14th. Large, bright, and certainly an enegetic staff that is a joy to watch while you dine.

        Another bustling establishment is Brassiere de i'lle Saint-Louis on the Ile Saint-Louis. The waiters are very attentive to solo diners, at least to me they were.

        1. Fish would be a good spot, as would the top Brasseries, La Rotonde, Bofinger and Balzar.